Gloucestershire v Leicestershire
Won by 7 wkts
David Payne claimed four wickets as Gloucestershire strengthened their position at the top of Group A with a seven-wicket Royal London One-Day Cup win over Leicestershire in a rain-affected match at Bristol.
The visitors posted 136 for eight from 25 overs after losing the toss, their innings having been interrupted by the weather at 61 for four after 15 overs. Greg Smith top scored with an unbeaten 55 off 73 balls with 6 fours and a six, while Payne returned four for 23 from six overs.
Gloucestershire’s target was revised to 131 under the Duckworth-Lewis system and they coasted to victory with 13 balls to spare, skipper Michael Klinger unbeaten on 55 and Will Gidman 39 not out.
Dan Redfern was the pick of the Leicestershire bowlers with two for 19 from five overs, but it was a day when the weather conspired against the Foxes.
After the start had been delayed for an hour by morning drizzle and the game initially reduced to 45 overs per side, Payne wasted no time plunging Leicestershire into trouble.
In his first over, the second of the game, he had Niall O’Brien caught behind by Gareth Roderick for a duck, while his next three overs also featured wickets.
Angus Robson also fell to a catch by Roderick for 13, while Matthew Boyce’s off stump was removed by an inswinger when he had made four.
When Payne bowled Dan Redfern for six in the eighth over he had figures of four for 15 and Leicestershire were 31 for four.
Greg Smith and Shiv Thakor were forced to exercise caution after such a collapse and had taken the score to 61 by the end of the 15th over when more rain set in.
Payne finished his six-over spell with four for 23, while Will Gidman was typically miserly in conceding 19 from his five overs.
It wasn’t until mid-afternoon that the sun broke through and when the covers had been removed umpires Peter Willey and Steve O’Shaughnessy decided to restart play at 3.45pm with the game reduced to 25 overs a side.
Leicestershire had just ten more overs to build a competitive total and that hope suffered an immediate blow as Thakor got an inside edge to the first ball after the resumption from Benny Howell and became Roderick’s third victim, having made 11.
Scott Styris did his best to inject some zest with 29 off 24 balls, including a swept six off Jack Taylor, but he then skied Craig Miles to deep mid-wicket. The next over saw Tom Wells bowled by Taylor and Leicestershire were 115 for seven.
Jigar Naik fell cheaply to Taylor, but the off-spinner’s last over saw Smith strike him for 4,6,4, including two reverse sweeps to give his side a chance.
Klinger and Hamish Marshall set about the reduced target with zest, putting together and opening stand of 46 inside nine overs before Marshall advanced to a wide ball from Jigar Naik and was stumped for 22.
But Redfern then caused some nerves by striking twice in the 12th over, bowling Chris Dent on the back foot for seven and having Will Tavare caught at mid-wicket for four.
At 59 for three, Gloucestershire needed 72 off 13 overs. But Klinger, who faced 66 balls and hit 5 fours, found a reliable partner in Gidman and the pair saw the hosts safely home.
Leicestershire coach Ben Smith said: “The biggest frustration was not putting all three disciplines together today. We bowled and fielded well, but in the conditions our batsmen needed to take more time to assess things.”
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Michael Klinger | Hamish Marshall | Christopher Dent | Ian Cockbain | William Tavare | William Gidman | Gareth Roderick | Benny Howell | Jack Taylor | Craig Miles | David Payne |
Angus Robson | Niall O'Brien | Greg Smith | Matthew Boyce | Daniel Redfern | Shivsinh Thakor | Scott Styris | Thomas Wells | Jigar Naik | Anthony Ireland | Charlie Shreck |